The Top 100 coaches most likely to become MLB managers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Chris Cron, Oakland A's, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
Former Arizona Diamondbacks and current Oakland A’s coach Chris Cron. USA Today Images. /

41) Chris Cron

Chris Cron is fairly new to the MLB coaching business but he has a lot of baseball coaching, in general.

Cron, 57, played professionally for a decade, topping out in the majors in the early 90s where he played a dozen games but he retired as a player during the 1995 season. Cron, who is the father of Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron, immediately went into coaching as he last played games in Triple-A in 1995 for the White Sox and was their manager at Rookie-ball in 1995.

He managed in the White Sox organization for four more seasons (two in Single-A and one each at Advanced-A and Double-A) before he joined the Rockies organization in 2000. He was their Triple-A manager for three seasons before he came back to the White Sox organization.

He managed for them at Rookie-ball (2003, 2007-2010), Single-A (2004), Advanced-A (2005), and Double-A (2006) before he left the White Sox again. He joined the Tigers as their Double-A manager for three seasons before he joined the D-Backs in 2014. He became their minor league hitting coordinator before becoming their Triple-A manager in 2019.

He was supposed to be their manager again in 2020 before the pandemic but in 2021, he became their minor league field coordinator. However, when D-Backs first base coach Dave McKay had to miss most of the season with a spleen injury and surgery, Cron became their interim first base coach.

The D-Backs offered him a role back in player development for 2022 but, instead, Cron signed with the Oakland A’s to be their new assistant hitting coach.

In 20 seasons of managing in the minors, Cron has managed over 2400 games and got to the playoffs eight times.